To the class of 2013,
We joined Catmose together and like you I was nervous about joining a new school, whether I would make friends and be able to do a good job as principal. I look back now and wonder what I was worried about; Catmose has been a wonderful place to work, it has offered me so many opportunities and I have learnt so much as a result. I hope you feel the same way; we have very much been on this journey together.
I hope that each of you has a number of experiences you will never forget as a result of your time here, perhaps attaining the Duke of Edinburgh award, a trip abroad, an elective, volunteering, taking part in a production, playing in an ensemble or singing in the choir. I also hope you have discovered a talent that you didn’t know you had that leads to career that you couldn’t have imagined before joining us. If we have done our job properly you will know what you are good at and have confidence to pursue your dreams to make them a reality.
Your next steps are of course important to you, they will be the ones that lead you to your chosen profession; I believe that you all have the confidence to take a few risks, the wisdom to accept when you have got things wrong and the resilience to pick yourself up and carry on when life is inevitably unfair in the challenges it presents you. These personal attributes are just as important as your GCSE results and your other academic achievements.
You have been a wonderful year group to work with over the last five years and I have been fortunate indeed to have such a talented group of young people as my first cohort, I wish you every success for the future.
Once you leave year 11, please don’t forget Catmose, stay in touch and if I can be of any help in the future please don’t hesitate to ask.